Alabaster wall monument showing a male figure wearing a ruff and a long over-gown with optional sleeves. He kneels on a thick tasselled cushion before a prayer desk decorated with hourglass and skull.
Above his head is a ribbon of text which reads: LA MAYOR VICTORIA DE ELLAS ES ELIBIEN MERECILIAS * The scene is overtopped with a segmental pediment. The text on a slate panel beneath reads:
HERE LIETH YE BODY OF FRANCIS VELLEZ DE GUEVARA A /
NATURALE SPANNYARDE BORNE IN SEGURA IN YE PROVINCE OF BISCAY /
WHO HAD TO HIS FIRST WIFE DENISE READE DAUGHTER AND HEYRE /
TO JHON READE OF BOSTON IN YE COUNTY OF LINCOLNE ES: /
QUIER BY WHOME HE HAD ISSUE ONE DAUGHTER ELLENE AND /
AFTER MARRIED ANN EGERTON DAUGHTER TO JHON EGER /
TON OF WILLOUGHBY IN YE COUNTY AFORESAIDE ESQUIER /
BY WHOME HE HAD ISSUE 5 SONNES VIZ JHON, PEREGRINE, /
HENRY, WILLIAM, GEORGE AND 5 DAUGHTERS VIZ ANNE, SUSAN,
CATHRINE, ELISABETH AND FRAUNCES AND DIED YE TENTH OF /
Francis’s mother was Ynez, daughter of John Sancriz de Salinas. Ynez’s sister, Maria de Salinas came to England with Katherine of Aragon as her Maid of Honour. Maria married into the Willoughby de Eresby family and her daughter Katherine left her cousin Francis (above) a pension of £30.
The de Guevara family lived in the Manor House in Stenigot, the site of which is marked by a moat near the site of the old church.
* Their greatest victory is good merit
Jean Howard, November 2020